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If you've ever stared at your keyboard, lamenting how much your writing sucks, good news! You found us. And we're here to tell you to snap out of it. 

STRONG HINT: Your writing does not suck. You're just not done yet.

So, whether you're a new penmonkey or a seasoned word-slinger looking for new perspective, listen in and find some nuggets to nudge you along until you find your own momentum.  

Jul 12, 2021

The second half of this discussion uses first lines and openings from different books to demonstrate the myriad ways of entering your story.

Tracey proves her love of horror, Anne proves that she is pretty random, and Jess makes a bid to usurp hosting powers.


QUOTE: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf



Harlan Coben – Don’t Let Go

Stephen King – It and The Stand

Paul Coelho – The Witch of Portobello

Franny Billingsley – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and Chime

Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass

Kim Harrison – The Outlaw Demon Wails

Tracey Shearer – Entwine and Raven


CREDITS: This episode of Your Writing Does Not Suck was recorded by the individual participants and edited by Anne M. Belen.